Root canal may never be a pleasant experience but it really doesn’t deserve the bad rap it gets and it does save your teeth. It also helps to have a dentist like Dr. Barry Ettelson who has been named one of the Top Ten Dentists in New Jersey and dedicates himself to each patient’s needs. Basically, a root canal is a procedure done to repair and save a tooth that is infected or severely decayed. It’s a simple treatment that’s necessary not only to save your natural teeth but to prevent the need for bridges or dental implants. In your initial consultation, our Washington Township Dentist will explain that there are many reasons a tooth can develop deep decay, including large fillings, repeated dental procedures, a crack or a chip or trauma to the face. Once your tooth’s nerve and pulp become irritated, inflamed and infected, is when a root canal is needed. There are cases where there are no symptoms but some root canal symptoms can be intense toothache pain when chewing, sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of your tooth, swelling or tenderness in the gums or a returning pimple on your gums.
Dr. Ettelson will also discuss the risks involved not to have a needed root canal. Without this treatment, the infection in the tissue surrounding the tooth will worsen and abscesses may develop. An abscess occurs when the infection spreads completely past the ends of the roots of the tooth. In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause swelling that can easily spread to other areas of the face, neck, or head. Our Washington Township Dentist will discuss all aspects of his findings and make you as comfortable as possible with your choice of treatment.
A root canal usually involves local anesthesia and, depending on the extent of treatment needed, may be completed in one or more visits. During your root canal procedure, our Washington Township Dentist will remove the nerve and pulp from inside your tooth then thoroughly clean and seal it. Because a tooth that needs a root canal is often one that has a large filling or severe decay, further repair of the tooth may be needed. A crown, crown and post, or other restoration may be necessary to protect the tooth, prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function. Dr. Ettelson will evaluate your root canal and discuss the need for any additional dental work with you.